Pensacola City Council backs push for juvenile justice reform

While a local governing body like the Pensacola City Council doesn't actually have much to do with Florida's criminal justice system, that doesn't mean it can't weigh in on proposed reforms. And on Monday it did exactly that, voting 6-1 — and backed by the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area — to express support for a change to the way juveniles can be charged as adults.

The proposed changes would get a judge involved sooner in the process to determine whether a juvenile should be charged as an adult, rather than the decision coming straight from the State Attorney's Office.

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